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8 Ways to Spring Break in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on April 2nd, 2018

It’s Spring Break in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes! Although Old Man Winter hasn’t left us quite yet, there are still tons of fun indoor activities to keep you and your kiddos occupied this week. 

Glow Skating at NLA

1.) Optimist Family Fun Day: Face painting •Exhibits •X-Box games •Swimming (three age groups) •Crafts •Movies (three age groups) •Prizes •Games •Raffle •And lots more! Everything is free! This event is taking place Tuesday, April 3rd at the Alpena High School from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. For event details, contact Pat Pfeifer at (989) 657-6791, or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

2.) TBNMS: Shark Days at the Sanctuary: Take a bite out of spring break with this two-day shark-themed program where students will learn all about sharks through games, films, crafts, and activities at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. This event takes place Tuesday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 4th. For event details, click here.

3.) Northern Lights Arena: Glow Skating, Roller Skating, Ice Skating, Sticks & Pucks-  so many options to keep everyone busy while burning off some of that spring fever energy. For the Northern Lights Arena Spring Break Schedule, click here

4.) Spring Break at George N. Fletcher Public Library: Check out all of the special events for kids and teens hosted by the library during spring break by visiting their Facebook page here.

Odin loves the Besser Museum’s pendulum

5.) Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan: Hours and hours can be spent in this unique museum before you run out of things to marvel over! Since 1966, Besser Museum has offered the community educational experiences in art, history, and science that are exclusive to the museum. Come enjoy a historical village, planetarium show, Foucault pendulum, rotating art galleries featuring both regional and nationally renowned artists, wildlife exhibits, and thousands of artifacts from early man. Fascinating fun! 

6.) Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: There’s something for everyone at the TBNMS Heritage Center! A great place for family fun while you explore shipwrecks in real time via live video feeds, discover the Great Lakes’ rich maritime past through innovative exhibits, and learn how underwater archaeologists work to preserve historic shipwrecks. The “Exploring the Shipwreck Century” exhibit features a life-size replica of a portion of an 1800’s Great Lakes Schooner, a re-creation of a shipwreck site, artifact lab, and hundreds of learning opportunities.  

7.) Art in the Loft Young Artist Exhibit:  Get ready to be blown away by Art in the Loft’s Young Artist Exhibit, featuring over 600 works of art from over 20 schools in Northeast Michigan! For information on Art in the Loft hours and location, visit their homepage by clicking here.

8.) Laser Team Challenge- Extreme Laser Tag: Incredibly fun, team-based laser tag, located in the National Guard Armory in Downtown Alpena. Games are played both inside the armory and outside in the woods. A great way to have fun, develop teamwork, and be active! Find more information on their website by clicking here. 

To stay up to date on events and activities taking place in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, check out our events calendar at

Have a great spring break!